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Zines at the Library of Congress

These self-published, non-commercial publications are usually devoted to specialized or unconventional subject matter. This guide provides information and research strategies on the topic of zines and zine collections at the Library of Congress.


Marjory Collins, photographer. New York, New York. Wire room of the New York Times newspaper. Copy boys mimeograph all incoming dispatches which are then passed through slot into newsroom. 1942. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

"A zine, short for fanzine or magazine, is a DIY & subculture self-publication, usually made on paper and reproduced with a photocopier or printer. Zine creators are often motivated by a desire to share knowledge or experience with people in marginalized or otherwise less-empowered communities" (Barnard Zine Library External)

The Library of Congress has a growing collection of zines. Additionally, The Library has hosted a Zine-Making Activity at the National Book Festival annually since 2017. In general, zines are: self-published, self-created, self-distributed, and non-commercial.

This guide serves as an introduction into zines and zine research. Using the sections of this guide, you will be able to learn more about:​

  • Zine Collections at the Library
    Includes information about searching for and requesting zines at the Library, zine directories, and some specifics about science fiction zines.
  • External Websites
    L​inks to sites with zine collections and information about how to create your own zines.
  • Using the Library of Congress
    Learn more about how to do research at the Library, access reading room websites, and watch tutorials.